Recently, Dutch researchers claimed that a new font called Dyslexie enables people with reading disorders to read easier. They report that the font makes it more difficult for people with dyslexia and reading disorders to rotate, swap, and mirror letters and numbers. We put their font to the test and conducted research with 52 of our students who reported having either dyslexia or other reading disorders.
Each student was asked to read two passages, one in Dyslexie font and one in Times New Roman font, and then select the font that was easier to read. Our statistical analysis revealed that there was not a statistically significant difference between the two fonts. While a couple were impressed with this different font, some of the students commented that the Dyslexie font hurt their eyes, and most were more familiar and comfortable with Times New Roman.
We are always looking for new ways to help our students, and we had hoped this font might be beneficial for our students diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading disorders. Our results reveal that the Dyslexie font may have potential for some with dyslexia but will not help the majority of our students at this time.
~Dr. Shelly Chandler